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Mazda MX-5 scores four-star Euro NCAP rating, Hyundai Tucson gets five
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Mazda MX-5 scores four-star Euro NCAP rating, Hyundai Tucson gets five

The results of the latest round of European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) crash testing have been released, and there have been some surprises. The Mazda MX-5 sports car managed a less-than-perfect four-star Euro NCAP rating in the latest round of tests, with the Japanese convertible model praised for its "exceptional pedestrian protection thanks to the deployable bonnet fitted as standard" for which it scored 93 per cent, and a "good all-round performance", but let down by a lack of the "latest crash avoidance technology"...


Lexus IS built from cardboard is a driveable piece of art
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Lexus IS built from cardboard is a driveable piece of art

Artists commissioned by Lexus UK have come up with a one-off full-size Lexus IS sedan created entirely from cardboard. Dubbed the Lexus Origami Car, the cardboard IS was designed and created by London-based firm LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, and took around three months to build...


2016 BMW M4 GTS unveiled
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2016 BMW M4 GTS unveiled

The faster, limited-edition BMW M4 GTS has been unveiled ahead of its public reveal at the 2015 Tokyo motor show. Under the bonnet, the M4's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six engine has been tweaked with the inclusion of water injection technology, which debuted earlier this year in the M4 MotoGP safety car...


Volvo to accept liability for accidents involving its self-driving cars
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Volvo to accept liability for accidents involving its self-driving cars

Hakan Samuelsson, the CEO of Volvo Cars, has indicated that the Swedish brand will assume legal responsibility if one its autonomous vehicles is involved in a crash. Samuelsson is due to address a seminar about self-driving cars on Thursday night (US time). At the event, organised by Volvo and Swedish embassy, he plans to state that "Volvo will accept full liability whenever one if its cars is in autonomous mode"...


Why I’d still buy a Volkswagen
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Why I’d still buy a Volkswagen

It’s hard to sugar-coat the events that have gone on at Volkswagen the last few weeks – “Dieselgate”, as it has been dubbed. I am not here to recap it all, as we have a dedicated section with more information than you’ll ever need here. But to summarise, the world’s largest automotive manufacturer has admitted that it has designed specific software to cheat emission tests in North America and Europe...


Audi Australia owners can also check their ‘dieselgate’ status online, 16,085 cars affected - UPDATE
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Audi Australia owners can also check their ‘dieselgate’ status online, 16,085 cars affected - UPDATE

UPDATE: Audi has confirmed a new number of 16,085 vehicles, up from 14,028. This article has been updated. Audi Australia has followed sister brands Volkswagen and Skoda in creating an online tool that will allow owners to check if their vehicle is powered by the EA189 diesel engine installed with software designed to cheat emissions tests...


Haval H2, H8, H9 pricing and specifications: China’s SUV king lands in Australia
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Haval H2, H8, H9 pricing and specifications: China’s SUV king lands in Australia

Haval, China’s best-selling SUV brand for 13 years straight, is now in Australia, launching this week with a modest four dealerships and three models: the compact H2, the large H8 and the seven-seat H9. There’s nothing modest about the brand’s ambitions, however...


Porsche Cayman GT4 could take some 911 sales
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Porsche Cayman GT4 could take some 911 sales

Porsche’s latest motorsport developed GT car, the Porsche Cayman GT4, will likely appeal to those that may want the performance of a 911 but without actually wanting a 911, according to the company’s local director of public relations, Paul Ellis. “We are looking at customers that were considering a 911 and maybe don’t so much want the 911, but want the [same] performance...


Porsche 911 GT3 RS Australian orders vastly exceed supply
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS Australian orders vastly exceed supply

Orders for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS have exceeded supply as Porsche Australia admits some customer may not get their cars. At the launch of the new Porsche Cayman GT4 at Philip Island yesterday, Porsche Australia’s director of public relations and motorsport, Paul Ellis, confirmed that no more orders were being taken for the GT3 RS as global and local demand for the track-focused 911 has been well above initial expectations...


Subaru to preview next-gen Forester and Impreza at Tokyo motor show
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Subaru to preview next-gen Forester and Impreza at Tokyo motor show

Viziv SUV concept to preview all-new Forester Electric all-wheel drive and autonomous driving tech to feature Impreza hatch replacement teased in new sketches Subaru will use this month’s Tokyo motor show to preview the replacements for two of its most important models: the Forester mid-sized SUV and the small Impreza...


Luxury car tax: Four things you might not know
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Luxury car tax: Four things you might not know

Every know and then, a figure from automotive industry pops up to decry the luxury car tax (LCT) and call for its abolition. If you’ve ever wondered what the LCT is, how it's calculated, if it’s avoidable or why we have it, this feature is for you. What is it? Technically LCT is levied on the person selling the car, but the dealer will invariably passes this cost on to the buyer...


2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Targa 4 pricing and specifications
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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Targa 4 pricing and specifications

New turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 4S and Targa 4, 4S models details for Australia, on sale in second quarter 2016 Porsche has announced details of its all-wheel drive 2016 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models this week, following the September debut of their rear-wheel drive siblings...


Koenigsegg revisits its original 1996 prototype vehicle
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Koenigsegg revisits its original 1996 prototype vehicle

The original Koenigsegg prototype vehicle recently returned to the company’s factory for a brief visit as part of retrospective photo shoot. According to the Swedish supercar maker, work began on the prototype back in 1994, but it took two years to complete. The prototype hasn’t always existed in its current form...


Ford Australia expands local supply deals, Carbon Revolution opens Geelong plant for Mustang wheels
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Ford Australia expands local supply deals, Carbon Revolution opens Geelong plant for Mustang wheels

Ford Australia has confirmed that it will continue to source aftermarket parts from 63 Australian suppliers beyond the late 2016 end of its local manufacturing operations. Of those, 17 have secured ongoing work with Ford’s global operations, improving on an initial list of nine suppliers that had been confirmed in 2014...


Toyota previews Highway Teammate driverless technology - video
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Toyota previews Highway Teammate driverless technology - video

Toyota has showcased the latest evolution of its developing driverless vehicle technology, known now as ‘Highway Teammate’. Building on the company’s preference for a ‘co-pilot’ style of autonomous driving, Highway Teammate is designed to operate as part of a wider system that includes human control and an intelligent transportation communications infrastructure that is slowly being rolled out across participating areas of Japan...